100 Years Ago: Joseph Adamson Dies of Wounds, Ad for Gillette Safety Razor

The Intelligencer July 21, 1917 (page 2)

“Died of Wounds. Mrs. Joseph Adamson, 66 South George St., has received the sad news that her husband, Pte. Joseph Adamson, died of wounds, on the 12th of July. He had only been in France five months as he left with the 257th Construction Co.”

[Note: Sapper Joseph Adamson died on July 12, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 189 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer July 21, 1917 (page 3)

“The Navy’s Band of Efficiency covers everything afloat, from manoeuvring battle-cruisers, training great guns, and spotting ‘subs’ to keeping brass-work ‘bright’ decks spotless and faces clean-shaven.

In this atmosphere the Gillette Safety Razor most emphatically ‘makes good.’ Always keen—always ready for instant action—swift and workmanlike—the Gillette commands the respect of the most exacting naval man, and the affection which every real man feels for a good tool. Gillette Safety Razor Co. of Canada, Limited.”


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100 Years Ago: Roy Shorts Killed in Action, Roy Stewart Awarded Military Medal

The Intelligencer July 20, 1917 (page 1)

“Private Shorts Killed in Action. Popular Young Belleville Soldier Has Made the Supreme Sacrifice for His Country. Word has been received in the city that Private Roy Shorts, who was well known here has been killed in action. The young hero enlisted in Belleville with the 39th Battalion, and went overseas last year.

Previous to enlisting he was employed in a local printing office. His parents reside at Newburg. Pte. Shorts was a young man who was deservedly popular with all who knew him, and the report of his death will be learned with deep regret.”

[Note: Lance Sergeant Roy Shorts died on July 3, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 325 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer July 20, 1917 (page 2)

“Awarded Military Medal. Mrs. B. L. Stewart, who resides at 298 Coleman street, in this city, has received a letter from her son Sapper Roy O. Stewart, which conveyed the information that he had been awarded a military medal for bravery on the field of action. Sapper Stewart enlisted with an engineer battalion at Ottawa and went overseas a year ago.

Previous to enlistment he was engaged as an electrician with the C.P.R. at Ottawa. His many friends in Belleville offer congratulations to the noble young hero.”

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100 Years Ago: William Michaud Wounded, James Turney Wounded, Appeal to Help Veterans

The Intelligencer July 18, 1917 (page 2)

“Wounded in Action. Ottawa, July 17, 1917. Mrs. Emily Michaud, 12 Harriet St., Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you that No. 59657, Sapper William Michaud, engineers, is officially reported admitted to No. 11 casualty clearing station on June 30th, 1917, wounded on scalp. Will send further particulars when received. Director of Records.”

The Intelligencer July 18, 1917 (page 2)

“Ottawa, July 18, 1917. Mrs. James H. Turney, 263 Ann St., Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you that No. 454536, Sergt. James H. Turney, Mounted Rifles, is officially reported wounded on June 21st, 1917. Will send further particulars when received. Director of Records.”

The Intelligencer July 18, 1917 (page 6)

“Help the Veterans. From one end of Canada, in fact from one end of the Empire to the other, loyal Britishers are vieing with each other to show some measure of their appreciation of the heroic deeds of their glorious soldiers. …  Belleville, loyal British Belleville, will not be found wanting in gratitude to her sons. The Belleville Branch of the War Veterans’ Association are making their first appeal to the citizens of this loyal town, and they are giving the citizens something in return that will place them under one more obligation.

The Summer Music Festival, to be held at the City Hall all of next week, will be a treat for the music lovers of the city, that they will never forget. Music such as will be heard during this series of concerts, will appeal to all classes of our citizens, and the programme will be changed nightly. Therefore, surely there will be no citizen of Belleville who will fail to attend at least one of these concerts, and great numbers will attend every concert.

The Veterans need money to get their headquarters established. Furniture, etc., costs money, and there is no doubt that the people of Belleville if called upon, would subscribe all the necessary amount, but the veterans in view of the many noble responses made by Bellevillians to the numerous funds, have taken this method to raise money, which is absolutely needed if the Belleville Branch of the Great War Veterans’ Association is to continue in existence.

Therefore, Citizens of Belleville, go to Doyle’s Drug Store, or the C. W. Lindsay, Limited, and secure your tickets for the series of concerts, thereby showing that you are heart and soul, and pocket-book, which is more substantial, behind the boys who have done their bit for you.”


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100 Years Ago: Private Robert Logue Awarded Military Medal

The Intelligencer July 17, 1917 (page 2)

“Military Medal For Bravery. For outstanding bravery in attending wounded comrades under shell fire during the battle of the Somme, Pte. R. Logue, who left Belleville with the 39th Battalion, June 24, 1915, was awarded the Military Medal.

Pte. Logue’s decoration has just been received from the Canadian Record Office at London, England, by his aunt, Mrs. Robert Stewart, 16 East Moira Street.

Pte. Logue’s mother is Mrs. John Logue, who is at present visiting in Buffalo. He has two brothers in uniform. Gunner Fred Logue, with the Canadian Horse Artillery in France and Pte. Leo Logue with the 235th Battalion in training in England. An other brother, Walter Logue of Oshawa, tried to enlist, but was not accepted.”

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100 Years Ago: Mail Service by Aeroplane

The Intelligencer July 16, 1917 (page 3)

“Aeroplane Mail Service. As an evidence of the possibilities of aerial navigation in peace times the delivery of mail in Belleville yesterday may be taken as the forerunner of future competition by sky skimmers with railways and ships in transporting passengers and mail.

A number of aviators from Camp Mohawk came up Saturday and were guests over Sunday at the Hotel Quinte. Their letters arriving at the Camp post office after their departure were tied up in a bundle and Sunday morning brought to the city by an aviator who circled about until directly over the Hotel Quinte when he dropped the letters to his comrades awaiting below. His aim was good and the mail delivery was perfect.”

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100 Years Ago: Gunner Phillips Arrives Home

The Intelligencer July 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Soldier Hero Arrives Home. Gunner E. L. Phillips, who enlisted with the 34th Battery, 1st Contingent, arrived at his home, Church Street, yesterday afternoon. He was wounded in April, 1916, and since that time has been in Hospitals in England.

Returning to Canada three weeks ago he was taken to the Mowat Sanitarium, Kingston, but was allowed two weeks’ leave to visit his mother. Ernie was one of the first to enlist when war broke out, and he now carries a number of scars and wounds.”

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100 Years Ago: Consumption of Wheat, Beef and Bacon to Be Cut by One-Third, Celestina Geen Welcomed Home

The Intelligencer July 12, 1917 (page 1)

“Canadians Must Cut Consumption of Food. Ottawa. Hon. W. J. Hanna, the food controller, in a statement issued last night, says that the consumption of wheat, beef, and bacon in the Dominion must be reduced by at least one-third to meet the needs of the allied armies and people. …  Every man, woman and child in Canada is under a direct war obligation to assist in that reduction. …

The allies look to Canada to relieve their food shortage. Both the producer and the consumer must assist to give that relief, the producer by producing and conserving to the utmost of his capacity and the consumer by substituting perishable and conserving storable foods for export. By such joint action the soldiers of Canada, the empire and the allies will be strengthened in the struggle for victory.”

The Intelligencer July 12, 1917 (page 1)

“Welcomed Home. A large number of citizens gathered at the C.N.R. station yesterday afternoon and tendered a hearty welcome to Nursing Sister C. Geen who has returned for a brief furlough from actual military service in the war zone, and will take a well-earned rest at the home of her parents, Rev. A. L. Geen and Mrs. Geen, West Bridge street.

On behalf of the citizens Mayor Ketcheson and Lieut.-Col. Ponton extended a warm welcome to the young lady and hearty cheers were given in appreciation of her work in the war zone. A feature of the gathering was the presence of a large number of returned soldiers who added a military welcome to the civic reception. Nursing Sister Geen came over on a hospital ship with a large number of wounded Canadian soldiers whom she ministered to on the voyage.”

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100 Years Ago: Andrew Stark Killed in Action, Public Reception Planned for Miss Geen, At Home Held at Hotel Quinte, Poster for War Savings Certificates0

The Intelligencer July 11, 1917 (page 1)

“Private Stark Was Killed in Action. Mrs. Stark, who resides at 173 Mary street, Belleville, yesterday received an official notice from the Record Office, Ottawa, that her husband Private Andrew Stark, who was reported missing since October 8th, 1916, is presumed to have been killed in action at that date.

Private Stark enlisted in Belleville in 1915 and was for some months in camp at Kingston. In March, 1916, he went from Brockville overseas. He was 43 years of age when he enlisted. For six years he had been a resident of Belleville, and was much respected by all who knew him.

He resided in Montreal for 23 years, during which time he was engaged as an engineer for the Imperial Oil Company. Whilst in Belleville he was similarly employed at the Rolling Mills and for the Graham Company. The hero was a member of Court Moira I.O.F., and in religion a Methodist.

In addition to the widow a family of four sons and three daughters survive. The sons are William Gordon, Russell and Laurence at home and John Andrew, who is working in a munition plant at Toronto. The daughters are Mrs. Finley, of Toronto; Miss Agnes, engaged in a munition plant at Toronto and Ethel at home. The sincere sympathy of citizens will be extended to Mrs. Stark and family.”

The Intelligencer July 11, 1917 (page 1)

“Public Reception for War Nurse. A public reception will take place at the C.N.R. station this afternoon at two o’clock, upon the arrival of the C.P.R. express from the east with Nursing Sister Geen, of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Miss Geen has just returned from active service in the war zone, and accompanied a party of returning wounded soldiers to Canada.

Prior to the war Miss Geen was a graduate from the military hospital at Halifax, and was one of the few military nurses in Canada when the call came. She has had an interesting experience in England, France and Belgium, and for a time was stationed near Ypres where German shells were continually falling. Nursing Sister Geen is the daughter of Rev. A. L. Geen, of Belleville.”

The Intelligencer July 11, 1917 (page 2)

“For the Fighting Men in France. A most charming afternoon and evening was the verdict of all who attended the At Home in the Quinte Tea rooms on Friday, July 6th, given by the Belleville Branch of the Canadian War Contingent Association in aid of supplies for our fighting men in France.

The tea table, which was presided over by Mrs. G. W. McCarthy and Mrs. W. Jenkins, was most attractive with its silver candelabra, flowers and refreshments. The girls of the C. W. C. A. looked after the guests. The homemade cooking table was in charge of Mrs. Spence Clarke and Mrs. Bongard and was a most popular corner. The flower table, which was a mass of fragrant bloom, was in charge of Mrs. W. Campbell and Miss Palen.

During both afternoon and evening several musical numbers were given, the ladies contributing to the pleasure of the guests, being Mrs. Duff, Miss Stork, Miss Milburn, Mrs. Singer and Mrs. S. Burrows. Two popular fortune tellers were kept exceedingly busy, and great amusement and pleasure was derived from visits to their sanctums.

During the evening, by special request, the living pictures, so much enjoyed at the hospital garden party were reproduced, and were better than ever. Too much praise cannot be given both to Mrs. R. J. Bell who had charge of the pictures, and the girls who took part. …

The chief event of the At Home was the presentation of a Life Membership in the Red Cross Society to Mrs. W. J. Brown, one badge was presented by the President, Miss Falkiner, and the certificate and a huge bouquet of beautiful roses by the Hon. President, Mrs. G. W. McCarthy. Both ladies paid high tribute to the magnificent work done by Mrs. Brown since the beginning of the war, and expressed great pleasure in making the presentation on behalf of the association and a few friends.

The proceeds, which will be used for comforts for the men in the trenches, amounted to well over one hundred dollars.”

[Note: Living picture = a group of people attractively arranged as if in a painting.]

The Intelligencer July 11, 1917 (page 5)

“Pay Your Debt To Your Defenders. Turn Your Luxuries Into Comforts For Those Who Have Sacrificed Most.

Is it nothing to you that men from all round you have sacrificed home and salary, safety and life, to defend your home as well as their own? Is it nothing to you that their wives and families tremblingly scan each casualty list, and pale at the step of the postman or telegraph messenger?

You can at least save—and lend your savings to the nation. Canada needs every dollar her loyal sons and daughters can spare, to meet the growing expenses of the struggle. Every dollar you invest in Canadian War Savings Certificates helps the nation to deal generously with those who are defending you. The National Service Board of Canada, Ottawa.”

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100 Years Ago: Herbert John Dawson Receives D.S.O., Eat Fish Instead of Meat

The Intelligencer July 10, 1917 (page 3)

“Lt.-Col. H. J. Dawson Gets D. S. O. Official confirmation has been received on the report that Lt.-Col. H. J. Dawson of this city, officer commanding the 59th Battalion, which was recruited in Kingston, has won the D.S.O. Col. Dawson is now in France, where he has been for some time, and it was while in action, for his bravery and heroism under fire that he won the coveted honor.”

[Note: D.S.O. = Distinguished Service Order.]

The Intelligencer July 10, 1917 (page 4)

“Eat Less Meat. How often has it been said by expert dieticians that we ought to eat less meat. Particularly in the summer months we load up our systems with too much meat. …  Today the meat problem is becoming serious, and those who are familiar with the situation are seeking the co-operation of the public to make the supply go as far as possible.

To stop eating meat one must find a substitute, and Ontario is happily placed with having a substitute that costs nothing to produce, which can when a good home market is developed, be handled at a price far below what is the present cost. The substitute is fish. …  Fish could be sold in Ontario at a much lower price than what obtains on the market at present if people would only learn to use it more frequently and the dealers were able to handle it in sufficiently large quantities to buy more economically. This important consideration is being placed before the people of the Province by the Organization of Resources Committee. …

On patriotic grounds, on economic grounds and—particularly during the hot weather—on the ground of health, it is good to eat more fish. Think it over tomorrow when arranging for dinner.”

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100 Years Ago: Poster for Musical Festival for Great War Veterans of Belleville, Ad for Fry’s Cocoa, Women Needed to Pick Fruit and Work in Canneries, Great War Veterans to Present Week of Music

The Intelligencer July 7, 1917 (page 2)

“Belleville! Get Behind Your Veterans!! And Patronize The Grand Musical Festival Week of July 23rd at City Hall, with Miss Isolde Menges, England’s Greatest Violinist, Miss Eileen Beattie, Pianist.

In Aid of Great War Veterans of Belleville. Seats on Sale at Doyle’s Drug Store and C. W. Lindsay, Limited. Admission 50¢. Season Tickets for Full Course—$2.50.”

The Intelligencer July 7, 1917 (page 3)

“Fry’s Makes muscle for the munition worker. The Great Food Drink.

Most drinks are mere stimulants. FRY’S Cocoa, however, is a complete food in itself. Remember—nothing will do but FRY’S.”

The Intelligencer July 7, 1917 (page 5)

“Women Needed At Once For Fruit Canneries. One Thousand Workers Needed to Prevent Canadian Fruit From Being Wasted. Toronto. ‘We cannot get enough girls to go into the canneries,’ said Miss Winnifred Harvey of the Government Employment Bureau this morning. ‘It seems so strange that the people in the country prefer to work in the cool canneries, where they can sit down at their work, while the girls from the city prefer to get out in the hot sun and pick fruit. The hours are the same, ten hours a day, and the money about the same, but we cannot get nearly enough help for the canneries.’

Between 500 and 1,000 workers will be needed for the various canning factories, and any one who can, should offer as the need is very great.

‘The Woman About Town’ in the Toronto Telegram comments upon the need of woman help in Canadian fruit fields and canneries as follows: Women Needed at Once. ‘Time and time again these past few weeks we have been told that we are facing the most perilous period of the war. Hence could anything be more hideous than to hear so many tales of so many women who are slackening their efforts.

Think of our decreasing recruiting figures. Yet on every side are seen girls still tolerating the attentions of youths who are physically fit, while the Red Cross Societies report work rooms being shut up for the summer and regular supplies falling off. …  Women and girls of the British Isles, Belgium and France have risen to a sense of their duty. Is it possible the women kin of Canada’s gallant army will fail.’ ”

The Intelligencer July 7, 1917 (page 7)

“Belleville’s Great War Veterans to Hold a Musical Festival. In the years to come Belleville will have many opportunities to show its appreciation of the magnificent work done for the Life and Liberty of our country by her glorious sons who are writing into history the undying story of heroism and self-sacrifice, with their life’s blood; but the first opportunity, there is always a beginning, will come on the week of July 23rd, when the Great War Veterans Association of Canada, Belleville branch makes its initial bow as impresario, presenting a week of Music such as Belleville has never had the privilege to hear before.

Miss Isolde Menges, England’s greatest Violinist, accompanied by Miss Eileen Beattie, at the Heintzman and Co., Piano, kindly loaned for the week by The C. W. Lindsay, Limited, will be heard in a change of programme each concert ranging from the most classic selections to the most popular tune, to suit every ear and every taste. …

It is to be hoped that every citizen of Belleville will keep in mind the fact that they are being called upon to respond to the first call of our veterans, as our veterans have responded to the first call of their country, and should attend at least one of the concerts during the week of July 23rd.”

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